Category Archives: California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

City of Sonora to sue California over statewide marijuana delivery policy

The city of Sonora, in central California, plans to file suit against the state Bureau of Cannabis Control over a policy adopted last year that allows commercial cannabis to be delivered anywhere in the state, regardless of local bans on MJ commerce. According to the Union Democrat, the Sonora City Council voted 5-0 to proceed […]

More illicit California marijuana retailers busted by local law enforcement

Search warrants have been served at 10 inland Southern California marijuana dispensaries allegedly operating without licenses. Several enforcement actions in the Golden State have been reported in the past several months as state and local authorities continue efforts to crack down on illicit marijuana operations. It’s a development that could help some licensed MJ firms that have […]

California legal agency signs off on state’s final cannabis industry rules

The California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved final marijuana industry rules that regulators had published in December, paving the way for the state to implement a permanent regulatory framework for the nation’s largest cannabis market. The regulations, approved late Wednesday, take effect immediately, according to news releases from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the […]

California marijuana industry braces for ‘another enormous burden’ from next phase of testing costs

A new round of regulations in California will cause laboratory testing fees to increase more than 40%-55% for some of the state’s licensed cannabis cultivators as well as makers of concentrates and infused products, according to industry experts. The so-called Phase 3 rules take effect Dec. 31. They require all harvested cannabis and marijuana products […]

California issues recalls for 29 marijuana firms caught in Sequoia Labs fallout

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) this week identified 29 separate companies that have been told to recall marijuana products after Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Labs’ said its former lab director falsified pesticide test results. The BCC also released a list of 848 product batches that were tested by Sequoia after June 30 and may be subject to […]

California regulators OK statewide marijuana delivery in draft of final rules

In the final drafts of California’s cannabis business regulations, regulators approved statewide cannabis deliveries, even in areas that ban cannabis. The rules will not be completely finalized until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which may not be until sometime in January. Many believe statewide delivery – one of the most debated issues involving […]

280E still applies to marijuana companies, US Tax Court rules

The U.S. Tax Court ruled on a 2½-year-old case in which California-based Harborside had hoped to end 280E’s hold over the marijuana industry’s profit margins. But the Oakland company’s hopes were dashed Friday when the court upheld the tax code. “280E continues to negatively impact the growth of the legal cannabis industry, the jobs that […]

Falsified California testing lab data may result in major marijuana product recall

Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Labs surrendered its business license after a state inspection discovered that the company’s lab director had been falsifying cannabis product testing results for almost four months, and hundreds of marijuana products may now have to be recalled and retested. The loss of a lab could pose a significant problem for the California […]

Final California marijuana industry rules may not be made public until January

Although California’s final cannabis industry regulations will reportedly be completed Monday, many industry insiders likely won’t be able to read them until January. That may be a disappointment to marijuana businesses that were anticipating being able to see the final rules sooner than later. “We expect to send our final version of permanent regulations to […]

California begins issuing full annual marijuana business licenses

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has issued its first full annual cannabis business permits, doling out two recreational cultivation licenses to Forbidden Fruit Farms in Humboldt County. The licenses were issued over the weekend, marking the first wave of annual permits for the vast majority of California’s marijuana companies – although a handful […]